NSW Shark Management Program 2021/22

The NSW Government is committing $21.4 million in 2021/22 to continue its effective, evidence-based shark mitigation program, with a host of successfully trialled technologies rolled out along the NSW coastline.

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The current status of Shark Listening Station and SMART drumline deployments in NSW.

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Listening Stations Deployed 9 Mar 2022
Shark Management Program 2021-22 overview video preview

The NSW Government funds Surf Life Saving NSW’s UAV Surveillance Program, which provides aerial surveillance of coastal waters.

Under the NSW Shark Management Program 2021/22, this program has increased the number of drone locations from 34 to 50, including popular tourist destinations.

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NSW Surf Life Saving pilots

In an Australian first, the NSW Government has partnered with Surfing NSW to provide funding to help keep surfers safe.

The program includes first-aid training through Surfing NSW’s Surfers Rescue 24/7 program, and customised medical kits and training to more than 110 NSW boardrider clubs and 55 surf schools.

A fleet of approximately 20 drones will also be used by Surfing NSW to patrol their events.

Keep up to date with the program through surfingnsw.com.au

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Shark Management Strategy

The NSW Government is continuing its efforts to increase its knowledge about the movement and ecology of White, Tiger, and Bull sharks, and trials of technologies to reduce the risk of shark bites at our beaches.

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NSW is leading the world in trials of SMART Drumlines, which are both a shark mitigation tool and a research tool that reduce the risk of interactions with sharks while minimising the impact on marine species.

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